More US mobile phone owners relying on devices for health info

A new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project reports that 31 percent of US mobile phone owners have used their devices to look up health information, with nearly 20 percent of users having downloaded at least one health app.

Back in 2010, Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that just 17 percent of cell phone owners used their devices to look up health information.

According to the report, smartphone owners are leading the front on mobile health, with 52 percent gathering health information on their phones, compared with six percent of non-smartphone owners.

The study, announced Thursday, is based on a survey of more than 3,000 US adults. Other findings reveal that young adults and minorities are more likely to use their phones for health information.

The most popular health apps downloaded are exercise, diet, and weight apps, with 38 percent of health app users tracking exercise, 31 percent tracking their diet, and 12 percent managing their weight with the apps.

Yet, while the study revealed that 80 percent of mobile phone owners send and receive text messages, only nine percent say they receive any text updates or alerts about health or medical issues.

Access the study here:

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Ayungin dilemma Ramon Casiple - Parallaxis
    Ayungin dilemma

    China faces a dilemma in Ayungin Shoal and other contested areas. If it waits for the ITLOS—which may decide against it—it would have tacitly bound itself to UNCLOS and risk a rogue state reputation if it asserts its claim in the South China Sea. If its militarily acts now, it may face international isolation. …

  • 48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao VERA Files - The Inbox
    48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao

    By Jake Soriano, VERA Files Bongao, Tawi-tawi—A team of Marines and policemen intercepted around noon Thursday 48 people, 12 of them minors, believed recruited by a human trafficking syndicate for work in Malaysia. The arrest constitutes what advocates called the … Continue reading → …

  • Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR VERA Files - The Inbox
    Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files Leaders of the medical profession have made peace with their former adversary, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and joined forces in a campaign to get doctors to pay the right taxes. BIR Commissioner … Continue reading → …

Poll Choice Options